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March 25, 2009 7:51 AM

David Archuleta's all about sharing the love for pop music

Posted by Bob Payne

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We interrupt our regular Season 8 programming with an update on Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta, who is currently wrapping up a very successful solo U.S. tour.

I attended his show in Reno, Nev., last Wednesday at the Grand Sierra Theatre (formerly the Reno Hilton). The 2,000-capacity venue was sold out and the line to get in (it was general admission) wound through the casino and down one side of the building outside.

I must refute the constant claim that Archuleta's fans are all teen-age girls. While, yes, there were quite a few matching that description in the crowd, there were also plenty of men and women of all ages. In the pit in front of the stage, easily 40 percent of the people singing along and bopping up and down were male.

As for the show, well, it was fantastic. If you liked David during "Idol," you would probably like him even more now. His stage presence has obviously benefited from months of live performances. And as the reviewer for the local newspaper noted, nary an off note was heard all night.

There are three things about David Archuleta that strike me as refreshing:
• His technical singing skills are rare among pop singers. His powerful voice completely fills the venue — and yet he always resists the temptation to go over the top.
• You can't help but notice how much he simply loves music and singing. He's been called a human jukebox because of the way he breaks into song every time he hears a phrase that reminds him of a song lyric.
• He's forging a "new cool" for pop stars without even trying. He doesn't need — nor is he capable of — the crotch-grabbing and msyoginist insults of other male artists his age. Instead, he's constantly touting other singers — including David Cook — without expecting any such support in return.

If you saw David on this tour, share your thoughts in the comments!

(Photo credit: Gengen)

Here are a few videos from the Reno show.

First up, courtesy of CynCity009, is David's "favorite songs" medley: "One" by U2, "Gotta Be" by Des'ree, "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles and "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz. The thing to notice here is that David loves these songs the same way we do, because they're great songs and you can sing along. The more fans sing along, the happier David seems to be.

Two more video clips after the jump ...

Next up, courtesy of Brandy811, is the song that's being called "the next big thing" on Web gossip sites: "Zero Gravity." It's a song co-written by David and guitarist Mike Krompass. Although a demo was made while the two were working on Archuleta's album last summer/fall, the song was never released. They included it in the tour setlist and it quickly became a fan favorite. Tell me what you think:

Late in the tour, David added a portion of Selena's "Como La Flor" to his setlist:

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